MINNEAPOLIS -- The brutal cold didn't keep volunteers from honoring veterans at Fort Snelling.
As the temperature tried to climb above -10 degrees, the Memorial Rifle Squad stepped out into the cold air at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday.
"I think they appreciate the fact that people remember that their relatives actually made a contribution to the country and it's still being honored," squad member Mike Rose explained.
There is a lot of honor in this volunteer work, which provides honor services regardless of the temperature outside.
"This, by far, is the coldest it has ever been. I'm finding that the wind is biting my face," Terri Winter, the newly-elected, first female commander of the unit, told KARE 11.
"They all have their own ailments but they're still here, no matter what," she added, when asked about her comrades.
The Monday crew is made up of veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, to name a few. The oldest member is 89-years-old. This crew now has the distinction of providing services on the warmest and coldest day in the team's 34-year history.
Perhaps Roger Otte, who plays taps during the 30-minute services, has the toughest job. He puts a fur-lined coat around the valves of his instrument, and then he packs hand-warmers inside of it. Still, the valves get sticky-cold.
"I haven't had any problems with the mouthpiece attaching to my skin," he explained.
We asked Otte and his fellow squad members about the sense of accomplishment that comes from a day at the cemetery, brutally cold, or otherwise.
"It's a dedication we have to our fallen brethren. We've done something for our fellow man," Otte concluded.
On Monday, the coldest day anyone can remember, the Memorial Rifle Squad provided honor services for six veterans and their loved ones.